Monday, May 5, 2014

DIY Rustic Sailboat Decor

Hi Everyone!

I'm almost done with my beach-inspired family room makeover, and I have another coastal craft to show you today. After I made the seashell wreath last week and hung it over the fireplace, I thought that a wooden sailboat would really look nice on the mantel. I love the ones from Pottery Barn and the driftwood sailboats you can find online, but neither of these was an option for me! 

So, I did the next-best thing and made my own rustic sailboat from branches we found in the desert! I know the desert is the last place you would expect to find driftwood or anything nautical, but just think of this as a desert driftwood sailboat. OK, so just humor me!


sailboat made from creosote branches and drop cloth on a mantel

I knew I wanted the boat to look rustic, and to keep things simple, I wanted to make a frame that I could attach the sail to. These three pieces of wood were exactly what I needed. The bottom piece kind of resembles driftwood, and the other three are creosote branches.


creosote branches form sailboat frame

Of course, any type of wood will work, and if you want to make your own sailboat, you can use whatever type of branches you can find. First, glue the side branches to the middle branch. We had Tacky Glue on hand, and this works really well with wood. We even used this glue to make the twig Christmas tree, and it's still in one piece!


twigs glued together on sailboat frame

Once the frame is glued, you'll need to make a hole in the large piece of wood. Once the hole is drilled, you can use more glue to hold the middle piece of wood in place.


hole drilled in branch to hold wooden mast

After the glue dries, the sailboat frame is complete and ready for the sail. Remember how I told you I had some drop cloth left over from my kitchen valance project? Well, I cut the drop cloth to fit the frame and made two sails. Then, I just used hot glue to attach the sails to the frame. And, voila --a sailboat!


sailboat made from drop cloth and branches

After I was done, I thought that the sails needed some extra detail, so I drew two lines on the bottom of each sail with a Sharpie -- easy peasy. You can easily tell that this is supposed to be a sailboat, and that' all that matters to me. Well, I also like the fact that this was another essentially free project. You don't always need to spend money to get the look you want.

Oh, and if you do go hunting for your own branches, make sure to exercise caution when collecting wood -- especially in the desert. Lots of creepy crawlies love to make their homes in fallen branches and under rocks. I made sure these branches were clean before I used them! 

I have one more decoration to make, and then I can show you how the mantel looks. We've got holidays, family events, and school events going on, so projects can take awhile to complete around here. The kids also generously shared their cold with me, so that's another reason my projects don't get completed over night!

Anyway, thanks so much for the visit -- have a great day!

Dee :)

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26 comments:

  1. Just drilled the hole on my driftwood an hour ago - so timely to see this !!!
    Thanks for sharing ( great minds think alike ) lol
    Turned out beautiful !
    Hopping over from Stone Gable
    xox

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    1. Thanks, Suzan--I completely agree with you! Can't wait to see what your sailboat looks like. :)

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  2. Bonjour,

    Adorable ce petit voilier... Il m'a entraînée à la rêverie.
    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. Merci beaucoup! J'aime entendre a vous! :)

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  3. I love the driftwood sail boats!! Pinned your pretty sailboat too:)

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    1. Thanks so much, Michele. I really appreciate the pin! :)

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    1. Oh, I love the term sand boat! I'm going to use this from now on! :)

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  5. So cute and creative! thanks for sharing it with us! I pinned it to the party board. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for pinning, Marti! I really appreciate it! ;)

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  6. This is AWESOME! I would have thought the driftwood was authentic if you hadn't told me otherwise. What a clever idea - thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm amazed at how much it resembles driftwood! Thanks so much for your sweet comments! :)

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  7. This is adorable, I just finished a feature wall with shells and other coastal what not. This would fit right in. I love how simple it is, but makes a very great statement!

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    1. Oh, I'll definitely have to check your project out--I love anything coastal! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelly! I'm glad you stopped by! :)

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  9. Just the BEST idea and you made it look so easy! Thanks for linking w/ Twirl & Take a Bow! I'll be featuring it this week! ox

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    1. That is so nice to hear, Robin -- You made my day!- Thanks so much! :)

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  10. What a great idea...I love it. I will definitely make this!

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    1. Thanks so much! It's a really easy project. :)

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  11. Love this idea and anyone can find branches. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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    1. Thanks, Erlene--it's so much cheaper to make your own too! :)

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  12. What a wonderful idea and it is just gorgeous!

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  13. This is such a great idea. I am featuring it at my Friday Favorites post today and I've also pinned it!

    Thanks for joining Say G'Day Saturday!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  14. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

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  15. I love this! So cute! Pinned. thanks for being part of our party. I hope you will stop by on Monday at 7 pm and part with us. We love having you. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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